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August 03, 2016 By: Penny Category: Coaching

Think Women’s State League. There are more than a handful of female coaches across the 18 teams in Premier and Division One.

I count 1 in 2.5. That’s 7 of the 18 WSL teams across premier (8 teams) and division one (10 teams).

1. Former Glory midfielder Elisa D’Ovidio at Quinns (8th in Premier)
2. Lisa Tana at Balcatta (6th in Premier)
3. Jessine Bonzas at NTC (4th in Premier)
4. Former NZ International Kelly Ann Jarden at Bassendean (sitting first in Division One)
5. Former Australian player Sandra Brentnall at Leeming (sitting 5th in Division One)
6. Product of the John Curtin School of Football, Gabrielle Walker-Ortega at Melville (5th in Premier)
7. Lisa Beatty at Wanneroo City (sitting 2nd in Division One)

Then there’s our very highly qualified Ann Gourley, Coaching Director of the entire Kelmscott Roos Club, former Matilda Collette McCallum at Ellenbrook United, Becky Piotrowski at Vic Park (coaching men’s amateur football), Nicola Williams, who while very highly qualified in coaching (Matildas young squads), is actually not coaching because she is playing Premier football at Northern Redbacks and is continually upskilling her incredible coaching resume and Carolina Morace, former International player and coach and now coaching here in Perth.

That’s pretty good statistics for a state that has one of the smallest registration bases in Australia, should surely be promoting a high profile competition for a Womens NPL in the very near future, has been encouraging the implementation of leadership programmes for our members via the Women’s Standing Committee and Football West Women’s Development Officers (in the past- position vacant at present) and is still on the fastest train ride that is the largest growing part of the World Game…?

Just saying….we are doing OK as far as producing some very highly talented and motivated coaches and mentors for our young, impressionable, football community.

Well done Ladies!! Maybe with the new Women’s Development Officer at Football West coming on board this month, these stats will increase even more in the future.

Thanks for those coaches who have kept me on my toes by passing on more information. I wonder how many female coaches there in total are across the entire Metropolitan Leagues and throughout Western Australia? Another post maybe…

Workshop a hit with aspiring female coaches

July 06, 2016 By: Penny Category: Coaching

Female Coach Mentor Program
Female Coach Mentor Program Workshop / staff writers
The Female Coach Mentor Program for 2016 kicked off with a workshop in Melbourne during the recent Caltex Socceroos and Westfield Matildas double header.

The Female Coach Mentor Program has been established to provide more exposure to high performance environments for the selected female coaches as well as increase the pool of female coaches with the experience and knowledge necessary to coach at the highest level.

In what is the second year of the program after a highly successful inaugural year, the six aspiring female coaches spent three days hearing from a host of speakers and sessions where they were exposed to a high performance environment.

They attended the Westfield Matildas training session at Etihad Stadium on the eve of the match against New Zealand which also consisted of hearing from Matildas Head Coach Alen Stajcic on the preparations for matches, training, and having access to high performance analytics.

The coaches undertaking the six month program in 2016 are:

  • Aroon Clansey (ACT)
  • Nicola Williams (WA)
  • Linda Khamis (NSW)
  • Melissa Barbieri (VIC)
  • Kat Smith (VIC)
  • Kate Cohen (NSW)

They have each been paired up with high calibre mentors to provide a supporting development program which will continue for the next six months. The mentors include Jean Paul De Marigny (Melbourne Victory Assistant Coach), Sean Douglas (National Coach Education at FFA), Mike Cooper (National Advanced Coach Development Manager at FFA), Joe Montemurro (Melbourne City FC Assistant Coach and W-League Head Coach), Ron Smith, Ufuk Talay (Joeys Assistant Coach) and Ante Juric (National Women’s Technical Director & Young Matildas Head Coach).

The coaches will spend the next six months in constant communication with their mentors to develop their skills not only as coaches but also as managers.

“One of the four key principals established within the 2016-2019 Strategic Plan is focused towards FFA being the ‘Leading Organisation for Females in Sport’,” said FFA Head of Football Development, Community and Women’s Football Emma Highwood.

“Programs like this are crucial to the development of our game, the coaches chosen to participate in the program are our top level female coaches, we need to support their growth and development to ensure they reach their full leadership potential.”

“Through the workshop the Australian Institute of Sport partnered us on the program and have provided the coaches with high level coach profiling to better understand their development areas.

“Through that they will work on their development areas with the mentors they have been paired with.”

All coaches must have completed a FFA/AFC ‘C’ License or higher to be eligible.

For information on a range of available coaching courses and resources click here.

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